Chipere chases own record

Veteran long distance runner, Brighton Chipere, is training hard to break his own record at the annual Nelson Mandela Day Marathon, which takes place in KwaZulu Natal in August.

Chipere after his victory standing with chief Mandla Mandela.
Chipere after his victory standing with chief Mandla Mandela.

The winner of the race takes home R50,000. Chipere won the inaugural 42 km Marathon, finishing in 2 hours and 12 minutes, while compatriot Munyaradzi Jari came second.

“I am already working hard preparing for a race, which I won in 2012,” said Chipere. “There is big money for the person who is to break my record. I am aiming to be fit enough to achieve that feat myself. I ran the Comrade Marathon recently and I was in shape, although I ran up to 60 km and stopped. Right now, I am injury free. I will sharpen up further, but I am good in running up and down courses. Last year injuries hampered my chances of winning it hence I performed badly.”

The former Africa University International Peace Marathon champion, made history last year, when he became the first veteran to run the High Altitude Summer Marathon through the Maluti Mountains in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

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